Dance Festival

Presenting Denver Dance Festival | June 23 – 24, 2018


Call for Submissions 

Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts are seeking new and original dance choreography from local dancers, independent choreographers, advanced level Colorado university students, and dance companies, which provides perspective and entry into the diverse, cutting-edge world of Colorado dance.

Deadline: Submissions are accepted between June 15-July 31, 2017 at midnight MST. Late submissions will not be considered, including submissions and nonrefundable application fees received via mail after the submission date has passed. To apply read the call for submissions guidelines, complete an online application, and mail your application fee to Presenting Denver. Applicants must be Colorado residents ages 18 years or older living in the state of Colorado.

Selected new works will premiere live at the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival taking place in the Byron Theatre at The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on June 23-24, 2018. Tickets go on sale November 6, 2017 and can be purchased on the Newman Center Presents website.

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Call for Submissions

DEADLINE: Submissions are accepted between June 15-July 31, 2017 at midnight MST. Late submissions will not be considered, including submission and nonrefundable application fees received via mail after the submission date has passed. Accepted pieces will be a part of the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival taking place on June 23-24, 2018.

PROJECTED TIME COMMITMENTS: Below are the projected time commitments for both the Formal Showcase and Free Public Performance Showcase. If selected for the dance festival, a schedule will be provided to you. All dancers must be available for tech rehearsal, dress rehearsal, master classes, preview performances, PR/Promotion and performances as specified by Presenting Denver. The projected time commitment is 25 hours for Formal Showcase performers over a span of multiple days and 8 hours for Free Public Performance Showcase performers over 2 days. PR/Promotion commitments will vary as opportunities avail.

Formal Showcase (8 slots available):

  • Preview shows (1 per artist/organization): Dates TBD
  • Master Class (1 per artist/organization): Dates TBD
  • Choreographer Interview: Dates TBD
  • PR/Promotion: Dates TBD
  • Pre-Show Cast/Crew Party: Date TBD
  • Tech Dates: June 20-22, 2018
  • Performance Dates: June 23-24, 2018

Free Public Performance Showcase (8 slots available):

  • Pre-Show Cast/Crew Party: Date TBD
  • Tech Dates: June 23, 2018
  • Performance Dates: June 23, 2018

 

SUBMISSION & APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts are seeking world premiers of new and original dance/choreography solos, duets, group, and interactive/immersive dance performance with a maximum of 10 performers to be performed live at the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival. We are seeking submissions from local dancers, independent choreographers, advanced level Colorado university students, and dance companies in all dance genres.  Regrettably, we are unable to consider submissions for aerial dance at this point in time. All applicants, choreographers and performers must be Colorado residents ages 18 years or older living in the state of Colorado.

Our audience spans a wide variety of ages and cultures, please be mindful of the content you choose to submit. Due to the expected attendance of children, nudity and profanity will not be permitted.

To apply, complete the “2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival Application” and include the following information:

  • Primary Contact Information:
    • Presenting Denver communicates primarily through email.  Please provide the contact information of your main point of contact.  That person will be responsible for communicating with the rest of your group, organization or company for all items relating to the Presenting Denver Dance Festival.
  • Previous Work Examples:
    • Submit electronically 2 completed previous work examples in a non-password protected YouTube link OR hard copy materials may be sent on DVD to Presenting Denver, 925 Lincoln Street, Unit 14G, Denver, CO 80203. Please designate your preferred option in the online application.
      • If you submit DVD materials via mail, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we will return them after our reviewing period.
      • Please be advised that submission made via DVD will be uploaded to our DropBox or other media sharing vehicle to allow our jurors to review the material.
    • It is not require that the dancers in the work example are the performing artists that will be in the festival, but it is required that the performance capability of the dancers you work with, if chosen for the dance festival, is comparable.
    • We highly encourage the previous work examples include lighting, sound, costuming, etc to best correlate to our judging criteria outlined below.  The previous work examples are to give the jurors an idea of what a completed new work in the dance festival may look like if you are chosen for the dance festival.
    • Please note that jurors may only be viewing up to 2 minutes of the video submissions.
  • New Work Concept Description:
    • Artists may submit 1 new work concept for consideration as part of the 2018 dance festival. Please submit a short, one paragraph description of your piece which includes the dance genre, number of anticipated dancers, and the anticipated length of the completed work.
    • Pieces must be no more than 10 minutes long and no less that 5 minutes long at completion.
    • All artists must have the usage rights to the music or sound.
    • Small props may be used in choreography, but sets are not permitted.
  • Application Fee:
    • There is a nonrefundable application fee of $25 per application. The application fee can be paid by mailing a check to Presenting Denver, 925 Lincoln Street, Unit 14G, Denver, CO 80203.
      • Please make the check out to “Presenting Denver” and in the memo line write “PDDF Application Fee”.
    • If application fees are unpaid by the call for submission deadline your application will not be considered.

The top 8 finalist for the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival Formal Showcase will be asked to perform in the 2018 Free Public Performance Showcase that will be free and open to the public in an indoor or outdoor location on the University of Denver campus. These performances do not need to be new works, but can be previously set or re-staged pieces. Presenting Denver will notify the artists/organizations that are chosen for this and collectively come to a decision about the piece that will be shown. The piece must be no more than 10 minutes long and no less than 5 minutes long with a maximum of 10 performers. Same guidelines apply as above for the age and residency requirements of the choreographers and performers. To be considered for the Free Outdoor Performance Showcase, you must submit the full “2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival Application”  

 

JUDGING CRITERIA: The following criteria will be what all jurors refer to when considering works. Please note each category will be weighted evenly.

  • Originality (25%) – Innovative use of movement, sound, use of space, theme, approach, costumes, and/or subject matter.
  • Diversity (25%) – Diversity of dance styles and technique, theme, music, and/or dancers.
  • Overall Presentation (25%) – Exemplary presentation in choreography, staging/use of space, music, props, projection of overall theme/storyline or cohesiveness of the movement.
  • Overall Execution (25%) – Exemplary presentation in craftsmanship, dancer’s technicality, dancer’s performance quality, dancer’s musicality, staging and use of space, production elements, audience connection, performance precision, choreography, artistic excellence and overall execution.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Formal Showcase:

  • Venue: The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Byron Theatre located at 2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210.
  • Dressing Rooms: Group dressing rooms will be provided.
  • Warm-up area: Group rehearsal studio with marley floor and mirrors.
  • Freight Elevator: Yes
  • Stage Size: 26 ft long x  21 ft deep
  • Floor Type: Resilient stage floor with marley. For tap, flamenco or Irish step, alternative flooring may be discussed that would vary in size and type than what is outlined above.
  • Stage Elements: This is a flexible theater space with no front of house curtain. The space will have a crossover, stage right exit with a step up to exit (1), a center stage exit (1) and a stage left exit (1). If selected for the festival a diagram of the stage will be provided to you.
  • Accommodate Aerial Dance: No
  • Video Projector: No
  • Screen: No
  • Sets Allowed: No
  • Props Allowed: Yes. Small props only. If clarification on prop use is needed please contact Presenting Denver.
  • Lighting: A general lighting plot will be provided prior to tech. Special lighting or technical needs will not be provided by Presenting Denver or The Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Each group will be limited 1 que per minute and a maximum of 8 ques total.
  • Sound System: Sound system with capability of playing CDs and audio files.
  • Live Music: If live music is being used, Presenting Denver and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts will provide electricity, but it is the responsibility of the artist to provide all equipment and cover any additional production costs.
  • Piano: If needed, an upright piano will be available for use during the performance.
  • Additional Technical Needs: Any additional production needs and/or costs are the responsibility of the artist. Presenting Denver and The Newman Center for the Performing Arts will accommodate these requests to the best of our ability, but artists should recognize that not all requests will be met.

Free Public Performance Showcase:

The Free Public Performance Showcase will take place in either an outdoor or indoor location.  Both specs are given to you below.  This location is still TBD on the University of Denver campus.

  • Location: TBD at the University of Denver campus.
  • Stage Size: 26 ft long x 21 deep if indoors.  If outdoors the stage size will be approximately 40 ft long x 24 ft deep.
  • Stage Type: If we are inside the performance will be on a wood floor covered with marley.  If we are outdoors, the performance space will be on a portable platform stage with marley.
  • Dressing Rooms: Indoor group dressing rooms will be provided.
  • Warm-up area: Indoor group rehearsal studio with marley floor and mirrors.
  • Sets Allowed: No
  • Props Allowed: Yes. Small props only. If clarification on prop use is needed please contact Presenting Denver.
  • Lighting: None
  • Sound System: Portable sound system with capability of playing CDs and audio files.
  • Stage Elements: No front of house curtain, backdrop, crossover or wings.  This will be a non-traditional, open performance space. Performers will be seen at all times.
  • Accommodate Aerial Dance: No
  • Live Music: We can not accommodate live music.
  • Additional Technical Needs: No additional technical request will be considered for this performance.

 

COMPENSATION:

  • Selected artists to be a part of the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival will be paid a stipend as notated below. The stipend reflects the total involvement in the Presenting Denver Dance Festival, including but not limited to required time of teaching a master class, choreographer interview, Marketing/PR/Promotion, tech dates, dress rehearsal, preview performances  and concert performances as specified by Presenting Denver.
    • Formal Showcase: $1500.00 stipend per group.
    • Free Public Performance Showcase: $200.00 stipend per group.
  • The above stipends reflect a per group rate and are for the total involvement of the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival, not a per performance or per day stipend. It is the responsibility of the artists, choreographer or individual who submitted the piece to the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival to disburse the funds among their artists as they see fit and provide any tax documents related to the disbursement of those funds to those artists.
  • As part of the stipend, selected artists for the Formal Showcase will be required to participate in 1 preview performance leading up the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival. These details are TBD.
  • As part of the stipend, one individual from each organization chosen for the Formal Showcase will be required to teach 1 master class leading up to the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival. The date, time, style and level of class will be determined by Presenting Denver in line with the individual or organizations teaching background.
  • As part of the stipend, each choreographer for the Formal Showcase will be required to participate in an interview for In The Spotlight.
  • As part of the stipend, artists for the Formal Showcase may be asked to participate in additional PR/Promotional activities.

 

MARKETING REQUIREMENTS:

  • All selected artists will be required to supply Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts with photo and video for marketing and promotional purposes in the format determined by Presenting Denver. Please be advised that by providing images to Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts for its use on its website, email marketing, social media, and any other marketing channels it may employ, you acknowledge and attest that you or your organization have obtained the correct and appropriate usage release rights from your photographer(s), dancer(s)/model(s) and any other professional to release the images to Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, and that you will indemnify Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts against any and all claims, actions, demands, or suits that may arise from the use and distribution of such images by Presenting Denver or The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Images with watermarks will not be considered. Photo/film credits must be provided.
  • All participating artists will be required to complete a photo/film release form for all photo imagery or film taken by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, our volunteers or affiliates. Artists will not be able to use this content for their personal or professional purposes.
  • All participating artists may be asked to do additional PR and other promotional activities as needed to assist in the promotion of the dance festival.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • Application Fee: $25 per application. The nonrefundable application fee can be paid by mailing a check to Presenting Denver, 925 Lincoln Street, Unit 14G, Denver, CO 80203. Please make the check out to “Presenting Denver” and in the memo line write “PDDF Application Fee”. If application fees are unpaid by the call for submission deadline your application will not be considered.
  • Accepts Electronic Submissions: Yes
  • Accepts Mail Submissions: Yes
  • Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: No
  • Reviewing Period: August 1 – September 30, 2017
  • Selected artists will be notified by October 31, 2017
  • Insurance: All selected artists will be required to present proof of insurance if accepted to be a part of the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival and add Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts/University of Denver as an additional insured on your policy.
  • Release Forms: All selected artists will be required to provide Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts with a signed release of liability waiver and photo/film release form from all participants in your group.
  • Contracts: All selected artists will be required to review and sign a contract provided by Presenting Denver.
  • Music/Sound: It is the responsibility of the artist to acquire rights to use all live or recorded music or sound.
  • All selected 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival artists in the Formal Showcase will be required to sell 15 tickets per group to the Presenting Denver Dance Festival. Unsold tickets will be deducted from the total stipend.
  • All travel, transportation, food, drink, and other accommodations or fees are the responsibility of the artists, not Presenting Denver or The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Any and all other costs associated with participation in the Presenting Denver Dance Festival, including but not limited to rehearsals, costuming, music/sound and any other pre-production or post-production elements to execute your performance, are the responsibility of the artists, not Presenting Denver or The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

*Information is subject to change.

Darrell Anderson. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

Credit: Jamie Kraus

Darrell Anderson: Darrell Anderson’s passion is to grow at every opportunity and art provides the tool that carries him around the world.  It has become his lifeline to success.  It provides him the opportunity to create as he experiences day to day living. His philosophy is to give back to the world what he has freely been given.  In his words, “I get to sing with emotion, taste with color and dance with love. It allows me to soar with the best of all existence.”

Darrell’s ability to envision the likeness of various people of the world for these projects comes naturally.  After many life experiences, he has become a unique and keen observer.  His diversity is shown in the array of Commissions he has done. Public Art, Mosaic titled ‘Patterns and Figures’ at Denver International Airport, a Mixed Media exterior interactive public art work called ‘Imagine’ located at the Federal Custom House in Denver to name a few. Painting is a passion that provided exhibits in France, China, Africa, Australia and the United States. His teaching offers a venue for his approach into defining his narrative of engaging art.  Anderson’s diverse background has offered him the opportunity to be involved in juried and invitational exhibits such as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and current Board Member, Celebrate Colorado Artists; and being a member of the new Mile High Stadium District’s Public Art Advisory Committee. His newest endeavor is exhibiting with the Colorado Ballet.

 

Laurence Anthony Curry. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

Credit: Jamie Kraus

Laurence Anthony Curry began moving at an early age as a national competitor in martial arts. He has been fortunate to work professionally (SAG/AFTRA/AEA) as an actor, dancer, and choreographer in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Lou Bega music video (Tricky Tricky) as well as back up for the Bega tour, Raven Simone, American Ent, Kool and the Gang, Savage Jazz Dance CO(Dunham Oakland), as well as touring with the late Gary Kendall (Jabawokies), in Monster Shop Bumpin, Denver Nugets, Co Rapids, Nordstroms, Gap, Porgy and Bess (Aurora Fox), Spring Awakening (Denver School of the Arts), Hip Hop Jambalaya (DCPA Jones Theatre), Just Like US (DCPA)  Former National Theatre Conservatory. Mr. Curry is currently Artistic Director of Moving Truth (Modern Fusion) and Co Dir. of Dance Doxology. “As a native of Colorado, I am so proud to have witnessed and been a part of the incredible evolving, momentum professional dance is gaining in the Mile High and around the country. I am so thankful for Meredith Hutson’s vision, leadership and the leveraged efforts of Presenting Denver Dance Festival.

 

 

 

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Alicia Karczewski graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loretto Heights/Regis University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance. While pursuing her degree, she worked in musical theatre (42nd Street, Oklahoma!, Peter Pan, Unsinkable Molly Brown) and toured West Side Story as dance captain. Additionally, she choreographed musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, South Pacific, for numerous high schools. Concurrently danced with modern, jazz, and tap dance companies (Interweave Dance Theatre, Jan Justis Dance Company, Jumpstart) and worked in the entertainment and film industries (Step by Step; An Amateurs Guide to choreography, Father Dowling – Viacom Film Productions).  As a professional choreographer she was selected for the 1996, 1997 and 2000 Colorado Choreographers Showcase. Ms. Karczewski has guest taught for Colorado Ballet, Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, the cast of Phantom of the Opera, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Summer Intensive, and a variety of studio’s nationally. Ms. Karczewski participated as Colorado Dance Alliance board member, adjudication committee for Scientific & Cultural Facilities District New Grants program for dance, Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDeo) advisory committee and 2009/2010 Dance Standards review committee for Colorado Department of Education.  Additionally, she enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. adjudicating dance competitions for many years. Ms. Karczewski is happy to have found her home at Denver School of the Arts where her focus lies in teaching classical jazz, rhythm tap, modern, choreography and composition.

 

Photo credit: Eric Weber. Image courtesy of Mary Louise Lee.

Credit: Eric Weber. Courtesy of Mary Louise Lee.

Mary Louise Lee: One of the few natives of Denver, Mary Louise Lee began performing at an early age.  For over 20 years, she has built an extraordinary professional performing career as a vocalist, actress and band leader, local and national. Having performed at numerous high profile events including 2004, 2008 and 2012 Democratic Conventions and being a Season 9 contestant on “America’s Got Talent”, just to name a few. She has also traveled internationally performing for troops of the U.S. Department of Defense.

As Denver’s First Lady, she combines her passion for the arts and youth through her Bringing Back the Arts Foundation. From students to senior citizens, Ms. Lee is committed to being an ambassador for the arts to help expose and expand access to Denver’s vibrant arts and cultural communities.

www.bringbackarts.org
Facebook.com/bringingbackthearts

 

 

Stephen W. Seifert. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

Credit: Jamie Kraus

Stephen W. Seifert: Steve Seifert served for over 14 years as the Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver and founded its Newman Center Presents multi-disciplinary series.  He served as Co-Chairman of the Local Steering Committee for the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver in 2008.  Before assuming his duties at the Newman Center, Steve consulted the City of Denver regarding strategy and finances for the renovation of Denver’s Historic Auditorium Theatre, now the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  He was Executive Director of Opera Colorado from 1997-2001.  Steve practiced law for 14 years with the Denver firm Fairfield and Woods, P.C., during which time he served as a board member and chairman of the board of Opera Colorado.  Steve has also been a board member of other organizations, including The Denver Foundation, Western Arts Alliance (WAA), Arts for Colorado, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.  Steve is the 2017 recipient of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Community Service in the Arts Award.  He received the Member Emeritus Award from WAA and a “Legend of Dance in Colorado” award from the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library at the University of Denver in 2016.  Steve graduated from the Denver Public Schools, received his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

The following criteria will be what all jurors refer to when considering works. Please note each category will be weighted evenly.

Originality (25%) – Innovative use of movement, sound, use of space, theme, approach, costumes, and/or subject matter.

Diversity (25%) – Diversity of dance styles and technique, theme, music, and/or dancers.

Overall Presentation (25%) – Exemplary presentation in choreography, staging/use of space, music, props, projection of overall theme/storyline or cohesiveness of the movement.

Overall Execution (25%) – Exemplary presentation in craftsmanship, dancer’s technicality, dancer’s performance quality, dancer’s musicality, staging and use of space, production elements, audience connection, performance precision, choreography, artistic excellence and overall execution.

Video by Leslie Merrill. Music by Nicholas Schmidt. Photos by Jamie Kraus Photography and Amanda Tipton.
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